Beer and Bluegrass Festival returns to Poole

The Beer and Bluegrass Festival returns for its 6th successful year on 24/25th July 2020 to Branksome in Poole. This ‘down-home’ festival is set in the secluded grounds of Victoria School with the main stage set within a natural amphitheatre, surrounded by woodland with ‘Claremont’ Victorian convent in the background. The line-up includes world-famous Daoiri … Continue reading “Beer and Bluegrass Festival returns to Poole”

Three acts announced for Over the Hill festival this August Bank Holiday

One of the hottest, but still most satisfying, days spent by Americana UK last summer was at the inaugural Over the Hill festival in Witney, Oxfordshire, so it’s gratifying to see the festival mark II return for the August Bank Holiday this year. And the first three acts announced for the festival are likely to … Continue reading “Three acts announced for Over the Hill festival this August Bank Holiday”

Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week … Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

Video Premiere: Bennett Wilson Poole “Funny Guys”

Now this will brighten up anybody’s day.  A loving spoof of O Brother, Where Art Thou accompanies a great song, replete with harmonies and jangle, from the double 2018 UK Americana Award nominated Danny George Wilson, Robin Bennett and Tony Poole.  Catch them live in Oxford and London in December.

Bennett Wilson Poole set to embark on run of UK dates

Bennett Wilson Poole, the songwriting ‘supergroup’ consisting of Americana-UK faves Danny Wilson, Robin Bennett  and Tony Poole (Starry Eyed and Laughing), producer extraordinaire and king of the electric twelve-string Rickenbacker, embark on fall/winter run of UK dates to promote their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, ‘Bennett Wilson Poole‘ out now on Aurora Records.

Bennett, Wilson, Poole, St Barnabus Church, Oxford, 31st May 2018

What a night. Torrential rain. Flooding in and out of the venue. A support act using the Oedipal curse repeatedly during the final song of their set despite being in a very beautiful house dedicated to a higher power. Was there going to be divine retribution? In a word, no. This was a brilliant, brilliant … Continue reading “Bennett, Wilson, Poole, St Barnabus Church, Oxford, 31st May 2018”

2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched

Maverick Festival officially unwrapped the line up for their 11th year at a launch party held at the Gibson Guitar Studios in London last Thursday.  The festival, winner of several awards and generally reckoned to be one of the best Americana and roots events of the year will take place in July in the tranquil … Continue reading “2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched”

Bennett Wilson Poole, Betsey Trotwood, London, 22nd March 2018

Much has been written about “the power of three.” Apparently it’s something to do with the evolution of the brain and how much easier it is for humans to grasp the concept of ‘threes.’  This notion certainly endures in storytelling, whether it’s in The Three Musketeers, The Three Amigos, or The Three Stooges. Whilst there’s … Continue reading “Bennett Wilson Poole, Betsey Trotwood, London, 22nd March 2018”

Bennett Wilson Poole “Bennett Wilson Poole” (AURORA, 2018)

 Bennett Wilson Poole’s eleven track debut album has strong vocal and guitar throughout, feeling like the true definition of an americana band. The supergroup made of Tony Poole (Starry Eyed and Laughing), Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires) and Danny Wilson (Danny and The Champions Of The World) has a strong Crosby, Stills Nash and Young influence … Continue reading “Bennett Wilson Poole “Bennett Wilson Poole” (AURORA, 2018)”